Hopper: A Journey Into the American Dream by Tom Folsom

Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream BY Tom Folsom. It Books. Hardcover, 320 pages. $26.

"I was a beatnik, and then I was a hippie, and before that I was a bohemian," a sky-high Dennis Hopper confided to Merv Griffin on television one night in 1971, in a clip you can see on YouTube. On the opposite couch, Willie Mays uncomfortably refilled his glass of water and James Brolin sneered—Hopper certainly didn't belong to their worlds.